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welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. thousands of israelis turned out for the funerals of three teenagers who were abducted and murdered while hitchhiking. the militant group hamas is being blamed but they deny any involvement. >> today they shared the family's torment, an entire nation hoping and praying for the return of three teenage boys. the -- today came the grief. there were thousands who came to mourn. the murders said the prime minister, an attack on each and every one of them. >> a wild and deep chasm stands between us and our enemies. they sankify death and we
sankify life. they sankify cruelty, we sankify measures yes. the pain is felt most acutely in the neighborhoods where the boys lived. the 19-year-old seen here on the eft alongside the 16 years and another boy. the boys were kidnapped three weeks ago while hitchhiking on their way home from school. they were shot and their bodies dumped in a shallow grave. horrors that bring a father to the brink of despair. >> it could happen waiting for a bus. it could happen in your house. it could happen driving. it could happen anywhere. it's a problem because no matter where we are, we're jewish. >> israeli prime minister netanyahu will be weighing his next move. a large pocket of his support are demanding a fast response. doing nothing is not an option.
but collective punishment in the eyes of the palestinians further nderminals president mahmoud ablast. >> noifrpblt there are -- there ere 34 air strikes on the gaza strip. a statement that israel holds entirely responsible for the boys' death. israelis blew up this for the we to boys' suspects, who they're still hunting. he denies evidence that hamas were involved. >> you cannot do this in order to punish a whole nation, which is what he has been doing. wind be acting the same way in. june alone, 14 palestinians were killed and many of them children by the israeli occupation. >> as the funeral took place this evening, a tape was leaked
to the media of the last phone call the boys made to a police help line. we've been kidnapped, say the boys. it's a recording that will be played over and over again alongside these images. they will stoke the anger and clamor for israel to hit back. >> for more on the response i spoke with ron burma -- israel's ambassador to the united states. ambassador, this is a very sad day in israel, clearly a country united in grief. is your government absolutely convinced beyond a shred of doubt that it was hamas behind these kidnappings and killings? >> we know the members of hamas were the members who perpetrated this crime. we know that their leadership in gaza, they're denying it at the same time they're congratulating the kidnappers and calling for more kidnappers but the actual
members of hamas in the hebron area were the ones who perpetrated this crime. for 18 days the people war united in hope that these three teenagers were essentially kidnapped and executed that they would return safely to that you are famous. as you said, we are united in grief in israel. >> the only within -- reason i asked a question about hamas is because they have kidnapped people in the past and generally speaking they have claimed the kidnappings and used them as a negotiating tool. >> i understand that and it might be that the organization for this or that reason is trying to distance itself because it doesn't want rhett bruising and at the same time -- retribution and at the same time we've had two dozen rockets fired at israel from gaza. hamas is responsible for that and the prime minister, shortly before he went into our cabinet,
said that israel will take action to bring the criminals to justice and those who participated in this act, that they would continue to take action against hamas in the west bank and that also he's acting in gaza on a different front in order to root out those who were firing rockets at israel. >> today the country is focusing on the funerals, but there will be a moment to respond. as the prime minister has said he will make hamas pay. what's the response from israel going to be? air strikes on gaza, more air strikes, ground operation? >> we have a very serious and very responsible leader in prime minister netanyahu and we have a serious government. they'll have to make a decision in jerusalem. the meeting is continuing tonight in jeers lem and they'll have to -- jerusalem and they'll
have to make the decisions to one, send a strong message to hamas that this is unacceptable but also that they're protecting the israeli population. from time to time these acts against us they have occurred and we've had to responds to send a very clear message and then there's been a period of quiet afterwards. it hasn't solved the problem but it's helped fight the terrorism. >> what do you do about abbas? he's been criticized that he hasn't broken the relationship with hamas. if you push too hard against hamas, is there a risk to abbas as well? >> i don't think there's a risk. when it comes to with the president abbas, we need to help the responsible numbers to have international community. you're quite right. president abbas condemned the kidnapping and that's a very good thing but at the same time he's in a government with the
kidnappers. so you can't on the one hand condemn terrorism and make a nation with the terrorism. we hope the world will send a strong message to abbas that he will end this packet that he's had with hamas. had am hamas changed, it would be a different story. then you'd have a palestinian government united in peace. unfortunately we have a palestinian government that half of it is saying it's committed to peace. we hope in the wake of this action the world will send a clear message. we appreciate very much both of the comments president obama has made in condemn -- condemning this action. i just received a phone call before i came in here. he wanted me to convey it to the prime minister, his condolences personally to the families. we also saw a very strong
message from prime minister cameron condemning it. it's very important to send a message to the palestinians that terrorism is unacceptable. >> the leader of the extremist group isis has called on muslims from around the world to help hem build a state. the united nations says that isis's rapid advance last month laimed the lives of nearly 2.5,000 iraqis. here's the bbc's paul adams. >> in the syrian city of the stronghold of isis, another display of captured hardware. there are russian tanks here and also plenty of american made screams and guns. some of this equipment has been seized before on the streets of
mosul after the iraqi army's headlong flight three weeks ago. if fact that the milan jacovich tanlts paraded on either side of the border is a measure of their growing confidence. there's even an apparent missile. no one knows when it -- fit works but it sbeemed -- seemed to please the onlookerings. now a statement from the elusive eader of isis. he urges muslims to come and join the new islamic state. syrian, he says, is not for syrians. iraq not for iraqis. the land is for all muslims. he also issues a call for all judges, doctors, and engineers. even those with management skills. enough, you might think to concentrate minds back in baghdad. but today's session of parliament was over almost before it began. the knives are out for prime
minister al-maliki but he's clinging on and there's no obvious successor. after the searing heat faded. i found some former soldiers, including a general in saddam hussein's army pondering their future. >> in the middle of the crisis happening now in iraq, they shouldn't be fighting amongst themselves. they should be coming together to find a solution. >> they all say they're ready to fight but they're looking for leadership. right now in iraq, that's in short supply. paul adams, bbc news, baghdad. >> other news from around the world. the russian president vladimir putin has condemned ukraine for ending a tuition with separatist rebels in the east. the ukrainians have issued a full-scale military action. four were killed earlier after the minibus they were traveling
in was hit. at least 20 have been killed at an explosion in northeast nigeria. the scloves were reportedly hidden in a vehicle carrying charcoal. no group said it carried out the attack but the town is the epicenter of the violence campaign being waged by a militant group. as president obama looks to withdraw combat troops from afghanistan by the end of the year, the opposition is keeping an eye on the proceedings. amid widespread allegations of fraud, a recount had been asked for. we have a prort from -- report from kabul. >> demonstrations and mistrust from elections a fortnight ago. the presidential hopeful, a former foreign minister, he was
the frontrunner during the first round in april. now it looks like his fortunes may have been reversed in a crucial runoff which he claims has been marred by massive fraud. and the first results aren't even out yet. for his rival to the top job, a man who looks confident of victory. a former world bank executive and world finance minister, he, too, has concerns about electoral fraud but claims he's leading by more than a million votes. results of massive mobilization, he says, not foul play. the question is, will people believe him? and do they trust the election authorities to be impartial? the timetable for announcing results could very well shift and it's already been a long, drawn-out process. this may look like business as
usual but with every passing day there's a growing sense of uncertainty here. away from the public view, international media has helped restore some faith in what was meant to be an historic presidential race. this man's family, like others here, have been marking the holy month of ramadan. the high drama of the elections have dominated discussions as they break fast at the end of the day. >> the feel are still feeling not -- feeling -- the people are still feeling not very well with the future because who is going to be president and when it will be announced and what will happen after the announcement. so there are concerns. >> many here prayed for a peasful way forward in a country where political decisions are browned up in ethnic identity.
but with the abdullah camp boycotting the counting of votes altogether. the worry is afghanistan could be heading for a crisis, just as most foreign troops are preparing to get home. >> the election was more than two weeks ago but still we have no results in afghanistan. you're watching "bbc world news" america. still to come, nearly 40 years after he first held the job, california's governor jerry brown is back giving it another shot. he tells us why politics is all about timing. japan's prime minister announced today that his country will allow military engagement oversays, something it hasn't been able to do since 1945. it comes after re13wer7 station of the parliament's policies. concerns are being raised
elsewhere. michael as -- has this report for us. >> japan has an impressive and large military but up until now, the constitution has limited its role. that's now changed. its armed forces will be able to help an alley and perhaps fight abroad. japan's cabinet approved a reinterpretation on the constitution opposed on its aggression after the second world war. the prime minister says china, japan's main regional rival, and north korea has forced the change. he said japan simply wanted to be better prepared but would not fight foreign wars. not everyone is convinced, though. many in japan worry that he could be drawing to a conflict. >> for 70 years, japan has kept
peace with its constitution. what are we to do with our prime minister trying to trample over the precious constitution? >> china and south korea are also concerned. the foreign ministry spokesman in baying jing said tokyo must respect his country's sovereignty and security. japan's main eye, america and some other countries engage japan. the help resists an increasingly assertive china, but that might make east asia a more dangerous place. >> in an unprecedented move, french police detained the former president nicolas car -- sarkozy today as part of a corruption investigation. claims that mr. sarkozy tried to
influence judges who were examining his campaign funding. we have a report. >> nicolas sarkozy left his home early to turn himself in this a police station in a paris suburb. for the first time a former french president was placed in custody for questioning in a criminal investigation. >> fuve president, you should have judicial inhumanity for life, full stop. >> if something illegal was done then the judges have to do their job. >> nicolas sarkozy, who left the ell ski paris in 2012 can be held up to 48 hours. after which he either has to be charged or released. >> sarkozy is a fighter and he s used to such attack, to such assaults. he was never popular among the french elite, never. >> the origins of the case lie
with mr. sarkozy's election campaign in 2007 and whether it was financed illegally. the central allegation is that a friendly magistrate on the inside acted as an informer, passing information to mr. sarkozy. it is also said that he was tipped off that the magistrates were having his bones. the former president denies any wrongdoing and some of his alleys are hinting at a political -- allies are hinting at a political witch-hunt. >> every time he returns to politics, every time we give him a chance to speak publicly, a case is brought against him. >> other former french presidents have had legal problems. chair chair -- jacques chirac was convicted in a case that never held in police custody and another president was investigated for allowing state
corporationings to allow kickbacks with the money flowing back into french politics. it was wildly expected that nicolas sarkozy would run again for the presidency in 1017 -- 2017. those ambitions must now wait the judgment of the imagine straits. "bbc news," paris. >> if california were a country, it would be the world's eighth largest economy but the real economic story is how badly it's been doing recently. years of overspending have created huge debt problems. now the governor, jerry brown, is trying to make the state shine again. he took office in 2011. for the second time. he'd had the same job nearly 40 years ago. so can he revive california's economy as he revived his own career? we sat down with him to find out. >> the first time jerry brown was california governor was back
in 1975. he young star served two terms and campaigned three times for president. >> i've actually learned that experience is important. when i was governor last time its 36 and i was not all that impressed with the experience. in in was that the -- long enough and they needed to be thrown out and we needed some young blood and i was it. now i say there's no substitute for experience. >> at 76, he's now presiding over a state in good shape, after dramatically cutting its spending and persuading californians to vote themselves a tax increase. >> the recovery is very important in politician -- politics. adds my father, who was governor before, always said, politics is timing. if you time your election to the
recession, you're likely to be a failure. if you time your election to the recovery, you're much more likely to be a success. >> the economy is on the up and it's more than just green shoots. the housing market is rebounding. the state of california's economy dends -- depends a great deal on the kind of people who live in these houses. the richest 1% who provide 1/3 of the money the state can spend. when the stock market is booming, things are great in. recess, not so much. in california, when things are good, they're very, very good. but when they're bad, they're awful. >> the governor's plan is building up a reserve fund to smooth up the ups and downs. despite the sunny outlook, there's inequality and poverty out there. >> you still have hundreds of billions in debt in california. are you doing enough to tackle that? >> i'm doing more than anyone
else and more than anyone expected but certainly not enough relative to our long-term liabilities of pensions, retiree health care, the road maintenance, public buildings, all these things have suffered from lack of investment. >> agriculture culture is a huge part of california are's economy but it's severely threatened by the worst drought in a century. >> yeah, we have to be prepared to fight fires. we have to make sure we have adequate ware. we're going to have to make investment and life's going to get tougher. despite the claims of skeptics and deniers, there's a real alteration in our climate. adaptation is going to be very costly for california, for america, for europe, for the world. >> jerry brown supports gay marriage but has vetoed gun
control bill. he's an environmentalist but supports tracking. >> what kind of democrat are you? >> i'm a thinking democrat, independent. california, itself is full of opposites and one might say even contradictions. to govern that and lead that that takes an empathy for different point of views. this is the place of the original gold rush back in 1848. it's essentially never stopped. only now instead of taking gold out of the ground, we're taking great ideas out of the minds of some of the most brilliant people in the world. >> speaking of great ideas, these next pictures stretch the imagination. artists in china joined forces with agriculture experts to make a patty feed into a giant three- dimensional display. using nine kinds of rice in different colors, they hope it
will draw in tourists. it opens to the public in mid july. for all of us here at "bbc world news" america," thank you so much for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow. ♪ >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years. kolbler foundation and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering specialized solutions in capital
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